AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— What started out as a heart warming gift from a mother turned into a tradition for Alpena families. For many years, the Jones family has decorated their residence for on lookers to enjoy, but this is the last Christmas season for the annual festivity.Each tree has a different number and name, but all serving one purpose of spreading holiday cheer. The Jones family set out on that mission forty–five years ago decorating trees and making room for a visit from Santa before Christmas.Families got the opportunity to see fifty–seven Christmas trees this season while children dropped off their letters to the jolly ol fella. Jones says, her and her husband have kept those letters in hopes to one day share them with the community.All holiday decorations will be given to the Salvation Army after the holiday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious City Manager Greg Sundin celebrates retirementNext Anonymous donor drops gold coin in Salvation Army kettle
Ronaldo took his tally to nine goals in six Europan appearances this season with a spectacular long-range effort into the top corner after Borja Mayoral’s opener to give Real a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his excellent record against Madrid with a quickfire double either side of half-time to bring Dortmund level.But despite Vazquez’s late strike, the Germans drop into the Europa League with a record low two points thanks to their better goal difference over APOEL Nicosia, who were defeated 3-0 at Spurs.Real were, though, hit by a fresh injury blow as French international defender Raphael Varane limped off just before half-time holding his left leg.Zinedine Zidane now faces a defensive crisis ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Saturday with captain Sergio Ramos, right-back Dani Carvajal and holding midfielder Casemiro all suspended.“With Rafa he has done some damage to himself, but we will see tomorrow when we do the scans as always,” said Zidane.“He won’t be there Saturday that is for sure. We have to look for solutions.” And just four minutes after the break Dortmund were level as Aubameyang dinked a lovely finish over Keylor Navas after his initial effort had been saved by the Madrid goalkeeper for his fifth goal in his last four appearances against Real.“He is great player and with his speed he is always a dangerous player,” said Dortmund boss Peter Bosz. “I hope he stays a long time with us.”Ronaldo was wrongly denied his second of the night by the offside flag as he prodded home from close range.But moments later Madrid did grab the winner when Vazquez’s effort trundled past Burki, who was slow to react as the ball nestled in the bottom corner.Dortmund should still have earned a share of the points, but Kagawa blasted a glorious chance over the bar as the German giants’ run without a win in the Champions League or Bundesliga stretched to 11 games.“The performances have to improve,” admitted former Ajax coach Bosz, whose job is under serious threat.“We started very badly, but after we showed how well we can play and the return of some injured players in December gives us hope for the future.”Share on: WhatsApp Zidane made six changes from the side that started Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao, but the hosts still made a flying start.Ronaldo’s fine through ball just evaded Isco, but fell perfectly into the path of Mayoral and the 20-year-old kept his cool to chip the onrushing Roman Burki for his first Champions League goal.By contrast, Ronaldo had his 114th in the competition moments later as he lined up a sumptuous strike from 25 yards.However, the warning signs of a Dortmund recovery were in evidence as the first half wore on as Varane had to make last-ditch challenges to deny Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.Aubameyang has spoken openly of his desire to play for Madrid one day and did his case of a dream move no harm with two classy finishes either side of half-time.Once Varane limped off, Aubameyang was left free inside the box to plant a diving header inside the far corner two minutes before half-time. – Real’s flying start – Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to ever score in all six Champions League group games in one season as Real Madrid edged out a dispirited Borussia Dortmund 3-2 on Wednesday.Lucas Vazquez grabbed the winner nine minutes from time for the European champions, who were already guaranteed to go through to the last 16 as runners-up in Group H to Tottenham Hotspur.
By John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – The borough firehouse on River Road is a sea of activity this week.Men and women are cleaning and moving boxes, forklifts are lugging heavy items, trailers are being backed up with loud beeping sounds and then being unloaded.The site is busy, similar to the energy and din of a construction project, all to prepare for the Aug. 23 start of this year’s edition of the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.On this day, John Feeny, one of the three co-chairs of the fair committee, looks out over the buzz of activity and says, “It’s unbelievable how everyone knows his position and does it.”Fair Haven fireman John Felsmann and his daughter, Kirstan, give the thumbs from the balcony of the Fair Haven Firehouse after posting the fair info on a billboard.The annual event, touted by the volunteer fire company’s members as the largest firemen’s fair in the state and the second largest fair of any kind in the state, is about to begin its eight-day run. It begins Friday, Aug. 23, and continues daily through Saturday – with the exception of Sunday, Aug. 25.The event is a massive undertaking for department members, residents and others who volunteer – including some who now live out-of-state and travel back to the borough to help. All donate their time to make the event a success.Feeny, along with co-chairs Jim Butler and Andy Schrank – all longstanding fire department members – talked earlier this week about what it takes to get the operation going each year.There are various committees designated to oversee different parts of the fair: the rides, games and one of the largest operations for the endeavor – the huge amount of food that gets served over the course of the fair.The running of the fair requires the efforts of about 125 volunteers each night to operate the various attractions. The attractions requiring the most effort is working the dining tent adjacent to the First Aid bays. The tent and bays can fit about 150 diners per seating who can select from a variety of seafood or “landlubber” dinners, prepared and served by volunteers. During the day, volunteers work on getting things ready for evening, including local kids who take on the responsibility of shucking corn.While committee members couldn’t come up with the number of dinners served, Butler says, “It’s an amazing number.”What’s also amazing is the amount of other food that gets eaten during the fair, they noted.According to Butler, last year’s fairgoers consumed about 18,000 hot dogs and about the same number of hamburgers.“The first night they smell so good,” Schrank said of the hot dogs, “but by the end you’re sick of them.”Along with those offerings, ice cream is available and there is a beer garden for beer and wine for adults.The operation of the fair involves a system that has been honed over the years, with volunteers working on what they know and like. That keeps the operation moving.Schrank has been involved with the fair for 32 years; Feeny tops that with 40 years under his belt. Butler, who has been working with the fair “since I was a kid” and was one of the kids who helped shuck corn, totals his time at more than 35 years.“We’ve been doing this so long it goes like clockwork,” Feeny said.The rides are operated by employees of the Majestic Amusements Company of York, Pa. The games, which are set up by that vendor, are operated by the fire company members and other volunteers who are known faces to those wandering through the fair.Renee Evans, a Fair Haven First Aid Squad member, and Chris Cerruti of the Fair Haven Fire Department, clean the snack bar kitchen in preparation for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair.The organizing, including obtaining the required permits and working with vendors, is “all year long,” Schrank said. The work really gets going in June, when orders are placed. The days leading up to the fair are for setup and running it is the time for the sweat equity.“The event is the department’s largest annual fundraiser, with proceeds going to support and supplement the approximately $30,000 annual department budget. The money helps buy needed equipment, vehicles and for the upkeep of the facility,” said Schrank, adding, “The cost of doing this is incredible.”Perhaps even more than the money raised, the reason to continue the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is that it has become an important tradition, woven into the fabric of the community, the three pointed out.“I don’t think we ever thought about not doing it,” Schrank said.Butler added, “It’s just part of what we do.”
By John BurtonRED BANK – When cancer strikes, treatment is about a lot more than just attacking the disease.That broader focus is the essence of the soon to be open newly renovated and redefined oncology center at Riverview Medical Center to assist patients as well as their families through difficult times.And the best part, it’s all under one roof for convenience and peace of mind, hospital staff stress.As part of Meridian Health System’s $128 million Monmouth and Ocean counties, system-wide expansion of its oncology services, called Building Hope, Riverview Medical Center is spending more than $30 million creating a totally renovated 46,250 square-foot space at its existing Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center and will incorporate increasingly new, cutting edge technology for the treatment of cancer.In addition, the facility will be offering services in nutrition, healthy living and other areas.This system-wide project will “continue to allow Meridian to bring the highest quality of cancer care to multiple access points in our communities,” said Riverview President Tim Hogan.BTK Architects, Philadelphia, which designed the project, spent a great deal of attention redesigning the actual facility to offer healing and comprehensive environments.“We need to constantly grow to keep up and give our patients their best chances,” said Dr. Adnan Danish, chairman of radiation oncology at Riverview.Danish, who is also the medical director of the medical center’s CyberKnife radiation treatment and robotically-assisted surgery for tumors, has been with Riverview since 2006. He described this expansion as a “major step forward” for the medical system and one he’s excited about for its potential for the already hundreds of patients who are treated annually at the cancer center.“I’ve been waiting for years,” for this upgrade, he said. Included in the plans for the center is the installation of two TrueBeam linear accelerators. Riverview already has one for radiation therapy treatment, which Danish said is some of the most advanced and sought after developments in the field. Riverview is the only facility in the area to have the technology.The cancer center will have available to patients and families in and out-patient treatments; nurse/navigators who will help guide them through the treatment process by coordinating their schedules of doctor and other appointments and connecting other services; multi-disciplinary oncology suite for evaluation by team physicians in one visit; infusion/chemotherapy facilities; and conference and family supportive care resources. Even the planned architectural revamping for the facility is done with the patients in mind, providing calming designs, including elongated windows in the lobby area, allowing for full view of the Navesink River, Danish pointed out. All of which is intended to, “basically offer better service to our patients,” and all in one location, he said.“We really try to emphasize the patient’s whole experience,” serving all the needs involved in the treatment, Hogan said. “We’re always looking for what brings out the most benefit for the patients in the communities we serve.”“We’re expanding because the community needs it,” Danish added.Earlier diagnosis results in more effective treatment. Therefore, quality of longer term life and life beyond treatment is critical, Danish added.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is currently constructing its latest satellite outpatient facility, planned to be roughly 120,000 square feet on neighboring Middletown’s Red Hill Road. Meridian’s plans have been in the works for quite some time and will offer more extensive services, Danish said, stressing, “This isn’t their (Sloan Kettering’s) community.”“Patients have choices,” Hogan responded. However, “We feel we have an incredibly strong program here that continues to advance as advancements are made in cancer treatment,” coupled with a dedicated staff, he continued.“All of us who serve here, work here, live here,” Danish said. “We’re here for the community.”
19-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OFFER FIVE GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP PREPS ON SEPT. 26 AND WILL RUN THROUGH OCT. 25; POPULAR CLOCKERS’ CORNER VENUE REOPENS ON FRIDAY AT 5 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2015)–Santa Anita’s stable area, which has been closed for renovations since mid-July, will reopen on Friday, Sept. 4, with the training track and main track available to horsemen beginning Saturday and Sunday in advance of the track’s 2015 Autumn Meet, which opens on Sept. 26. Additionally, Santa Anita’s popular coffee and breakfast destination, Clockers’ Corner, will be open for business on a seven day-a-week basis beginning Friday morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.The 19-day Autumn Meet will open with a bang as a total of five Grade I Breeders’ Cup Challenge, “Win and You’re In” prep stakes will be carded on opening day, with first post time for an 11-race program scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (First post time for the remainder of the Autumn Meet will be at 1 p.m.) Santa Anita will offer a total of six Grade I Breeders’ Cup Challenge races and a total of 21 overall added money events–12 of which are graded, throughout the meet.Santa Anita’s stable area, which is home to some 2,000 Thoroughbreds when occupied, has undergone routine repairs and scheduled maintenance. Returning horsemen will see fresh paint, repaired stalls, and improved drainage and access throughout the roughly 40 acres that comprise the stable area.For more information on Santa Anita’s 2015 Autumn Meeting, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterWhen John Werries and his son Dean started using cover crops, their primary goal was to prevent soil erosion on their Illinois farm. Seven years later, they’ve discovered their cover crop of choice, cereal rye, which hates weeds as much as they do.Illinois is home to some challenging herbicide-resistant weeds, including waterhemp populations that can survive six different herbicide modes of action. But, on the Werries’ farm, near Chapin, the chemicals get an assist. The Werries plant soybeans directly into thick stands of cereal rye and then terminate the growing cover crop.“As all of the cover melts down — and it takes a long time — there is a mat that makes it tough for weeds to grow,” Werries explained. The suppression allowed them to cut back on their herbicide use in soybeans this year, and their fields stayed clean through the end of the season.Weed-control solutions like these couldn’t come at a better time for the farming community, as it faces the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, the costliest threat to soybean production today.Weeds gobble up light, water and nutrients available to soybean plants, and have the capacity to rob more yield than insects and disease combined. One recent study by the Weed Science Society of America estimated that if left uncontrolled, weed pressure in soybean fields could drop yields by more than 50% and cost the industry $16 billion a year.Soybean growers are fighting to keep that yield in their fields, but it comes at an increasingly steep price, as more weeds outsmart chemical modes of action each year. With new herbicide-tolerant soybean technologies barely keeping ahead of the development of resistance, growers are facing some stark truths about the future of weed control, University of Tennessee weed scientist Larry Steckel explained. Alternative weed-control methods, such as cover crops or hand-weeding, are going to be part of the future, he said.“We built these big farms on the assumption that you could go across a thousand acres with a boom and kill every weed, and that’s just not working anymore,” he said.Soybean farmers are finding ways to boost revenues despite market and trade challenges. This story is the fifth in a six-part series, More Green From Beans. The series looks at ways soybean farmers are finding ways to answer trade challenges by boosting revenues through switching up agronomics and finding new markets.WEED COSTS ON THE RISELong gone are the days of making one or two passes with Roundup and parking the sprayer, Mississippi State University weed scientist Jason Bond noted.“Weed-control costs are at their highest since the pre-Roundup Ready era,” he said. He estimates that between burndowns, preemergence residuals and early- and late-postemergence applications, Mississippi soybean growers spent an average of $119 an acre to control weeds in 2018 compared to just $36 an acre in 2008.New herbicide-tolerant technologies, such as 2,4-D-tolerant Enlist and dicamba-tolerant Xtend soybeans, have offered some relief, but the steady march of chemical resistance lies ahead.Where John Lindamood farms in northwestern Tennessee, the first signs of possible dicamba resistance are already sprouting in Xtend soybean fields that were clean the two previous years. Steckel estimated soybean growers there are spending at least $50 an acre to control weeds, and dicamba resistance could drive that upward quickly.“We’re spending every bit as much as what we spent when Roundup failed,” Lindamood noted. “Now, we’re just using different products and struggling to figure out how to keep pigweed from becoming resistant to them, too.”RESISTANCE FROM AGGRESSIVE AND ADAPTABLE WEEDThe first glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth pigweed was confirmed in Georgia in 2005. This aggressive and adaptable weed has confirmed resistance to five other herbicide modes of action, as well: PPO inhibitors, ALS inhibitors, HPPD inhibitors, microtubule inhibitors (dinitroanilines) and triazines (atrazine).Likewise, individual waterhemp populations with resistance to six herbicide modes of action have been documented, and herbicide-resistant marestail, giant ragweed and kochia are close on its heels. Most recently, herbicide-resistant grasses such as Italian ryegrass or barnyardgrass are becoming a serious problem in some Southern states, Steckel and Bond agree.The most sinister development of all is the rise of metabolic resistance. In most mechanisms of herbicide resistance, a plant alters the target site of a herbicide, allowing the plant to dodge that specific chemical’s mode of action. With metabolic resistance, weeds are evolving instead to metabolize a herbicide rapidly — not unlike how a crop such as corn quickly metabolizes a herbicide like dicamba, escaping damage, University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager explained.This newly discovered type of resistance could allow a weed to outwit not just one type of herbicide but many, including herbicides they have not yet encountered, Hager said. Essentially, it has the potential to jeopardize predictable chemical control of weeds in the future.LOOKING BEYOND CHEMICALSThe good news is that even the newest and scariest herbicide-resistant weeds can’t withstand one of the oldest weed-control tactics in human history: hand-weeding.Armed with hoes, workers move through infested fields one row at a time chopping or pulling each resistant weed escape as they go. Up-front costs are high — the final price can run well over $100 an acre — but it worked to clear up fields infested with glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth a decade ago, and it appears to be happening again, Steckel said.“I’m seeing hand-weeding crews out again for the first time since Roundup first failed,” he said.The use of cover crops to control weeds is also growing. Like hand-weeding, it has up-front costs, usually between $10 to $20 an acre for seed alone, but the benefits are proving far more valuable for some.“We have been sowing cover crops on every acre since 2012,” Werries said of the Illinois operation. They have found success with “planting green” — the practice of planting soybeans into a live, growing cover crop. “We sow the cover into 10-inch rows and plant beans in 20-inch rows,” Werries continued. “With active guidance, we are able to plant the beans in between the cover-crop rows.”Anywhere from one day to a week later, they burn the cover crop down with glyphosate and let the dying biomass do its work.It can be a risky endeavor, especially in wet springs like 2019, when fieldwork windows are few and far between. But the Werries actually found that the growing rye sucked a lot of moisture out of the ground, and the cover helped support heavy machinery.And the end result? Well, it spoke for itself.“It saved one trip across the field and some herbicide dollars,” Werries said. “And, there was not a weed anywhere.”Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(ES/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
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Chelsea midfielder Mount delighted for ‘on-fire’ Abrahamby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Mason Mount is delighted to see Tammy Abraham scoring goal after goal.The 22-year-old’s first Champions League against Lille on Wednesday brought his tally to 8 from 10 games.”He’s [Abraham] on fire and when you have a player like that, any time the ball goes into the box you’re expecting him to get on the end of it or create a chance or get a goal,” Mount told reporters. “It’s brilliant to have him scoring as many as he can.”The thing for him is to focus on continuing these performances and trying to get goals and goals. That’s the main thing for him. He’s a striker, so as many goals as he can score, that’s the best thing for him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 28: Head coach Chris Mack of the Xavier Musketeers reacts in the first half of a game against the Providence Friars at Cintas Center on February 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 84-74 to claim the Big East Conference regular season title. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Xavier is an 11.5-point underdog in tonight’s Sweet 16 match-up against No. 2 seed Arizona, but if the program’s Spotify playlist is to be believed, the Musketeers are receiving proper motivation. Xavier Athletics tweeted out a picture of a playlist, which is just DMX’s 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” on repeat.Tonight’s playlist. #XMarchesOn pic.twitter.com/fdfsFfI0tv— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) March 26, 2015When it comes to X vs. the ‘Cats, one of the verses is a bit prophetic.Ain’t never gave nothin’ to me But every time I turn around Cats got they hands out wantin’ something from me I ain’t got it so you can’t get it Lets leave it at that cuz I ain’t with itPeople are certainly not giving Xavier a real chance in this one. We’ll have to see if the Musketeers can pull the major upset.
Mumbai: Allaying apprehensions of the grounded carrier Jet Airways on its vacant slots, the aviation ministry Tuesday said they are being allocated to other airlines purely on “temporary basis” and once the airline resumes operations, these slots will be returned. The ministry also assured Jet of “protecting” its historic slots as per the applicable norms and regulations. The SBI-led consortium of lenders and Jet Airways employees unions had Monday urged the government to secure its international landing slots to protect its valuation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”To reduce inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity, it has been decided to allot some of the slots vacated by Jet to other airlines purely on a temporary basis, for a period of three months,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The abrupt temporary closure of Jet due to cash crunch last Wednesday left thousands of passengers in the lurch, forcing the ministry to allot some of the slots across domestic and international airports to other local carriers in a bid to help mitigate inconvenience. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe crisis at Jet has caused inconvenience to many air passengers and the ministry is seized of the matter, it said, adding the decision to allot vacant slot to other carriers has been taken to reduce the inconvenience of passengers and facilitate induction of additional capacity. “The historic rights of Jet Airways, as per extent ministry guidelines for slot allocation will be protected. These slots will be made available to Jet as and when they revive their operations,” the ministry said. It also said a committee has been constituted by government comprising regulator DGCA, the Airports Authority, joint venture/private sector airlines and slot coordinators to ensure that slots are allocated in most equitable and transparent manner. This committee would be allocating slots purely on temporary basis for three months only to those airlines which bring additional capacity (aircraft), the ministry added. Meanwhile, ending a three-day losing streak, shares of Jet Airways (India) surged nearly 10 per cent at close of trade Tuesday on value-buying at lower levels. The scrip jumped 9.90 per cent to close at Rs 169.90 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 12.19 per cent to Rs 173.45. At the NSE, shares advanced 8.30 per cent to close at Rs 167.55. On the traded volume front, 45.27 lakh shares of the company were traded on the BSE and over four crore shares on the NSE during the day. In the past three days, the scrip plummeted 40.94 per cent. It hit its 52-week low of Rs 132.20 on Monday.